(NECN/MCOT/AVN) - Incessant rain is causing severe flooding in several provinces of Thailand, as local people have to move their belongings to higher grounds.
In the northeastern Pakchong district on the foothill of Khao Yai National Park in Nakhon Ratchasima province, flashfloods rose as high as two meters prompting disaster mitigation officers to engage barges in evacuation operation.
The operation faced difficulties from the floodwater raging downhill as some barges were dragged away. More than one kilometer of a bypass highway linking Nakhon Ratchasima, the gateway to the northeast and Bangkok, is now submerged under water. It has become impassable for passenger cars.
In Nakhon Ratchasima's Mueang District, floodwater is rising and spreading to wide residential and commercial area. Heavy traffic congestion paralyzed one of the busiest highways of Thailand.
In eastern Pracheenburi province, overnight heavy rain caused torrent of floodwater cutting off many villages. Kabin Buri ancient community is badly affected by the flooding.
Buddhist monks in Si Sa Ket carried on their morning hour duties in alms-taking in floodwater while their temple and three villages in Khun Han District submerged under flash flood from Phnom Dongrak mountain range.
The Meteorological Department issued warning of more rains and possible mudslides throughout the country. It called people living near waterways to closely monitoring overflowing water.